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Simon Landmine

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Map: Ravine Coast (64x68 and now 48x51 too)
« on: 20 November 2020, 22:20:27 »
This one was the result of a few things:
  • Someone noticing that few of my maps depict the broken 'fractal hills' often found in arid climes
  • A documentary on the holding action Layforce carried out during the evacuations from Sfakia on Crete in 1941
  • Wanting to do a map with a rocky coast as practice before another map idea with a rocky coast.
  • The realisation that many of my maps feature a lot of woods.
So, as a result, here's a map that features absolutely no Heavy Woods hexes. Most of the map is broken arid ridges, rising away from the coast to the south, dotted with sparse stands of sturdy, drought-resistant, trees. On that coast there is a cove containing a small settlement with a harbour, a central square, and a scattering of assorted buildings, surrounded by some areas of fields and some small orchards. A road leads inland, up into the hills, following the line of a stream running down to the cove, while another runs along the coast. Dry streambeds cut into the hills, from a time when the climate was wetter, but now they're mostly small dry valleys, with the rocky debris from past years making the going difficult. Among the hills there are some smallholdings dotted, most with a small grove of the local fruit trees. What appear to be reinforced positions for infantry on this satellite image are actually pens for the goat-like domesticated animal farmed on these sparse hills ... but they can still provide cover for infantry in a pinch. The only other noticeable feature on the map is slightly to the north-west of the centre of the map - a small complex that is the residence of someone wealthy enough to waste energy and effort irrigating some patches of gardens and some trees not meant for these hostile climes.


64x68 RavineCoast.board
(click to enlarge)

Hope that you like it and that it gives ideas for scenarios (as well as a workout for the line-of-sight calculator).

Now that I've got that out of my system, I might actually get back to some of the suggestions that were made on my request post, ages back.
« Last Edit: 23 January 2021, 11:46:29 by Simon Landmine »
"That's Lieutenant Faceplant to you, Corporal!"

Things that I have learnt through clicking too fast on 'Move Done' on MegaMek: Double-check the CF of the building before jumping onto it, check artillery arrival times before standing in the neighbouring hex, and don't run across your own minefield.

"Hmm, I wonder if I can turn this into a MM map."

Simon Landmine

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Re: Map: Ravine Coast
« Reply #1 on: 23 January 2021, 11:46:02 »
And, following my 'useful map sizes' poll (found here), here's a 48x51 (i.e. three mapsheets by three) version of the board. Same map as the big version, but with a hacksaw taken to it to reduce the size of the hinterland.


48x51 RavineCoast.board
(Click to enlarge)
"That's Lieutenant Faceplant to you, Corporal!"

Things that I have learnt through clicking too fast on 'Move Done' on MegaMek: Double-check the CF of the building before jumping onto it, check artillery arrival times before standing in the neighbouring hex, and don't run across your own minefield.

"Hmm, I wonder if I can turn this into a MM map."

Daryk

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Re: Map: Ravine Coast (64x68 and now 48x51 too)
« Reply #2 on: 23 January 2021, 15:14:59 »
How the heck did I miss this one?  It's fantastic!  :thumbsup:

mikecj

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Re: Map: Ravine Coast (64x68 and now 48x51 too)
« Reply #3 on: 23 January 2021, 19:26:58 »
Nice!  Thank you!!!
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Aokarasu

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Re: Map: Ravine Coast (64x68 and now 48x51 too)
« Reply #4 on: 24 January 2021, 09:21:38 »
Your maps are really excellent.